House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report ‘The Census and Social Science’ September 2012

A House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report ‘The Census and Social Science’ on the future of the Census and its implications for the business of government has been recently published. Les Mayhew from Mayhew Harper Associates Ltd provided evidence on how administrative data is a viable alternative to provide population and socio-demographic data. The findings acknowledged Professor Mayhew’s evidence ‘that there is a credible alternative to the census for the purpose of local government” (p23).

“Local authorities and healthcare providers often regard the census as out of date and not fit for purpose for their needs: commissioning local services, managing complex budgets and identifying unmet need. All those things require timely, detailed and accurate information which the census cannot provide in the form that they need.”

Les Mayhew, page 40